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Audi A3 Cabriolet Facelift makes a surprise entry at Rs.47.98 lakh

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Among the recent silent launches happening in the nation, German Carmaker Audi too joined the bandwagon by introducing the facelift version of A3 Cabriolet into the market. Apparently, A3 Cabriolet was first launched in the year 2014. While the Audi A3 sedan and A4 Diesel was being expected to be launched soon, the entry of the Cabriolet facelift was indeed a surprise.

Audi A3 Cabriolet Facelift exhibits new design on its exteriors as part of the update. Dimensions have been maintained as the outgoing model, while cosmetic tweaks have been provided to enhance the presence of this soft-top vehicle. To begin with, there is a renewed headlamp cluster with full LED headlamps and DLRs (daytime running lamps). Bumpers look more aggressive and the single frame hexagonal grille stands prominent. Body lines have been chiseled to make it look more appealing. Dynamic turn indicators and rear LED tail lights add to the revisions on the exterior profile. The soft-top opens and shuts upto speeds of 50kmph and claims to keep the cabin insulated from external noise, while closed.

A 7-inch retractable display screen with MMI system, 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, plush Milano leather upholstery and the new Bang & Olufsen Audio system form part of the cabin updates. Safety features include five airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and Audi Parking Assist that has front and rear parking sensors with camera.

The All New A3 Cabriolet replaces the existing 1.8L engine and is now equipped with a new 1.4L TFSI petrol engine that develops 150hp and 250 Nm torque coupled to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. It comes with a new Cylinder On Demand technology that shuts off cylinders at low speeds to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The New A3 Cabriolet claims to return mileage of 19.2kmpl. The A3 Cabriolet Facelift is being fully imported to India as the existing model. At Rs.47.98 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi), this convertible turns out to be one of the most affordable cars of its segment.

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Tata launches Tiago Wizz in India at Rs.4.52 lakh

Tata Motors launched the limited edition Tiago Wizz in the country at a price of Rs.4.52 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs.5.30 lakh for the Diesel variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).


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Auto Industry warned to face agony in near future: NitinGadkari

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month

Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017

• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model

• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately


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Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors

Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.


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Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017- Old wine in a new bottle? Find out!

Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.


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Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017

Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.


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Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car

As the Indian Government has been taking quicker and necessary steps to curb the growing pollution in the country, the automobile market too seems to be rapidly making moves alongside. This year, Indian Government planned to skip the implementation of BS-V norms altogether and is about to leap from BS-IV to VI in next four years, i.e. stricter emission norms by 2020.


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Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh

August 1st witnessed the launch of the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee in India. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which brought the brand to India as CBU (Completely Built Up) units with a heavy price tag had promised that they will soon launch a Made in India SUV at their new facility (JV with Tata) in Ranjangaon, Pune.


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Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh

MU-X, A new SUV from Isuzu Motors India was launched in India on Thursday replacing the MU-7 from their Indian line-up. This robust utility vehicle comes in two variants- a 4x2 variant priced at Rs.23.99 lakh and 4x4 variant at Rs.25.99 lakh (Both Ex-showroom Delhi). The MU-X shares its platform with the new-generation D-Max and rivals against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The MU-X had conquered the global market until March 2017 after which a facelifted version of the same was launched there. The facelift MU-X will reach India in another year or so, depending on how good the Indian markets welcome this model here.


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2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount

Maruti Suzuki has geared up for the launch of its most popular sub compact sedan, the 2017 Dzire in India on May 16th. The company dealerships have officially started to accept bookings for the same at a token amount of Rs.11,000. There is also an option for customers who have already booked the outgoing model to upgrade it to the third generation Dzire.


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Compass

2.0 Limited Option
18.75 Lakh

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Terrano

XL Plus 85 PS
11.7 Lakh

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New Audi A4 gets a Diesel variant at Rs.40.2 lakh

German Carmaker Audi launched the A4 Diesel variant in India on Monday at Rs.40.2 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). It carries the same design and features as the Petrol variant that was launched in September 2016.

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Sony India launched In-Car Audio system priced at Rs.26,990

Sony India launched their new product XAV-AX100, an In-car audio system that not only plays music, but also navigates, communicates and enables smart driving through voice control or touch panel control. The XAV- AX100 is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car play which is a common feature on almost all vehicles launched recently. Navigation has not been enabled for Car Play in India though.

ALTERNATIVE MODELS
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MINI 3 Door

31.80 Lakh TO 34.65 Lakh

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AUDI A3 Cabriolet (2014)

Rs. 31.8 Lakh TO Rs. 31.8 Lakh

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MERCEDES-BENZ B Class Night Edition

30.60 Lakh TO 31.80 Lakh